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Yoruba Women, Work, and Social Change


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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Language and Orthography
Abbreviations, Terms, and ExplanationsPart 1. Introduction
1. Opening
2. Sources and QuestionsPart 2. The Context of Women's Lives
3. Yorubaland, 1820-1893
4. Colonial Yorubaland, 1893-1960
5. Family and MarriagePart 3. Women's Economic Activities
6. Labor, Property, and Agriculture
7. Income-Generating Activities in the Nineteenth Century
8. New Approaches to Familiar Roles during the Colonial Period
9. Western Skills and Service CareersPart 4. Other Public Roles and Broader Issues
10. Religion, Cultural Forms, and Associations
11. Regents and Chiefs, Economic Organizations, and Politics
12. Patriarchy, Colonialism, and Women's AgencyGlossary of Yoruba Words
List of References

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Traces the roots of Yoruba women's community stature, visibility, and influence

About the Author

Marjorie Keniston McIntosh is Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her work on Africa includes Women, Work, and Domestic Virtue in Uganda, 1900-2003, written with Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, which received the 2007 Aidoo-Snyder Prize awarded by the Women's Caucus of the African Studies Association. She is also author of Working Women in English Society, 1300-1620 and Controlling Misbehavior in England,1370-1600.


"Based on a careful reading of the existing scholarship on Yoruba women, this will be an important text for scholars in Yoruba studies, African studies, and especially women's and gender studies." Judith Byfield, Cornell University "An important contribution to knowledge about women and the relations of gender in Yorubaland and other African societies." Philomena Okeke-Ihejirika, University of Alberta, Edmonton

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